Honestly speaking, it’s much easier to blend in to a new place that it appears at first. It appears that blending in is like some almost impossible thing that only those mastered in the art can accomplish, but trust me when I say this, it’s not true at all.
There are just some very simple things that you have to keep in mind in order to blend in to the culture of any place, and it’s really easier than you think. So, the main things that you might want to keep in mind might be summed up in the following points. I got these from a buddy who owns a business, The Auto Enhancers, who recently traveled to these places:
- Appear like you’re at home: Be comfortable, that’s the main thing. The main thing that differentiates a tourist and a regular there is the amount of casualness and comfort they have about them- the tourists are easily spotted because they are nervous. And once you know this, it’s really easy to appear at home.
- Don’t try to wear the “I love New York” t-shirt: There are some things specially reserved for tourists, and that’s something you must keep in mind. If you do something like that, you might just as well shout on the street that you’re a tourist. Avoiding things like these is the key to avoid standing out as a tourist as well.
- Don’t be too eager to make friends: Another thing that clearly says you’re a tourist are those pathetic attempts of making friends at any cost. Do you do that in your neighborhood? No, right? So, don’t do something like that there either, don’t give them any reason in particular to think of you as someone different and you’ll easily be able to blend in.
Keep these three things in mind and I’m sure that you’ll easily be able to blend in with almost every crowd in the world (where, of course, you’re not entirely different in terms of appearance as well).
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